South Texas Milling, Inc. is a small, family owned and operated business located in Inez, Texas, a small farming and ranching community 10 miles east of Victoria along the Texas Gulf Coast. We are a fourth-generation farm family with our roots dating back to the 1800’s. Natale Maraggia came from Italy in May of 1891 to the Port of New Orleans to help build railroads. The railroad was later called the Macaroni Line because of all of the Italians that came over for work. He then settled in the Inez area as a farmer. Great Grandfather’s son Nat married Lucille Franz in the 1930’s and continued with the family farming and ranching way of life. When the Miller and Maraggia families joined the farming and ranching continued. The Meiss/Bischoff/Miller family adds the 18th century stone grinding history. People would come from miles around to have their corn stone ground. With all this rich family history including farming and the mill, it is only natural for history to repeat itself. So South Texas Milling, Inc. began its diversified venture using century old stone grinding methods to process yellow corn into products that are all natural “The Way Nature Intended" Nothing Added, so you can taste the freshness from our family farm
The Old Grist Mill
The Mill is in the National Register of Historic Places and a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark. In 1870, Fred Meiss purchased two four foot stones from Louis Albrecht which came from Germany in the 1850's to built a Dutch styled windmill with a wingspan of 35 feet. Mr. Meiss built his mill in Spring Creek, just outside of Victoria, Texas, and people traveled for miles to bring him corn to grind into cornmeal. Years later his descendents donated the mill to the Morning Study Club and it was restored and moved to Memorial Square in downtown Victoria. Over 130 years after Mr. Meiss started his business, his great great great grandson Michael Maraggia has started his own stone milling business about 20 miles from where the original mill stood. November of 2009 the Morning Study Club passed this historical relic back to a Meiss relative, by entrusting it to Michael Maraggia who in the future will relocate and restore it for public viewing in Victoria County.
We also sell Old Grist Mill Note Cards. All proceeds benefits the continued preservation and upkeep of the mill. To purchase Note Cards click HERE.